Washington Stone Fruit Crops Hit The Sweet Spot

Thanks to the early summer weather in Washington, stone fruit growers are anticipating a slightly larger crop with some of the sweetest, juiciest fruits yet. According to the Washington State Fruit Commission, the outstanding quality of another popular stone fruit grown in the region, sweet cherries, has already been helping growers sell the quickest and second-largest cherry crop on record.

Stone fruit from Washington orchards are prized for their sweetness and flavor balance due to the region’s microclimates and ancient volcanic soils that make for ideal growing conditions. The 2014 crop is expected to be one of the best to date, as the lengthening days of early summer weather stayed within the perfect temperature ranges for growth. As with wine grapes, these long warm days followed by cooler nights typically leads to more distinctly flavorful and juicy fruit.

“When stone fruit hangs for a long period of time on the branch, it allows the fruit to build up its natural sugar content which makes them that much tastier,” said James Michael, the vice president of marketing-North America for the commission. “We expect it to be a banner year with an exceptionally flavorful crop.”

In addition to their delicious taste, peaches in particular are also grabbing the spotlight for their noted health benefits. A recent study by researchers at Washington State University (then at Texas A&M) and published in “The Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry,” shows that the compounds found in peaches could supplement therapies that reduce the risk of metastasis in breast and other types of cancer. The study shows compounds in peaches may inhibit growth of cancer cells and their ability to spread.

Source: Washington State Fruit Commission

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